Things to Watch at Final Four of the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga's 7-foot center was writhing in pain on the court at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., after getting hit in the eye by South Carolina's Chris Silva.

SC forward A'ja Wilson (22) shoots over Stanford forward Erica McCall (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas.

Despite an out-of-nowhere, 16-0 SC run that threatened to evict Gonzaga from the Final Four after they rolled through the first 30 minutes of the national semifinals, the Bulldogs are moving on to Monday night's championship game after a 77-73 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The other game looks to be the more explosive of the two games as OR and North Carolina play different styles.

That environment shapes up as one of the biggest challenges SC faces in Saturday's first national semifinal, where the Gamecocks play Gonzaga for a berth in the national championship game. The way the Gamecocks have been playing lately would make any opponent nervous and SC has more than a legit shot at cutting down the nets when all is said and done.

Now they've erased that defeat, beating UConn (36-1) - which had won the last four national championships - on the grandest stage in one of the sport's greatest games. "We just really struggled without our glue out there when Karlie twisted her ankle".

"I don't always get to catch every game like I used to, but I'm still obviously a fan and I root for them", Linens said.

"It gave us a tough time". Fast-forward eight years, and Gonzaga and SC have been two of the stingiest teams in the country when it comes to allowing three-pointers.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are headed to the national-title game.

Gonzaga is one of the nation's most efficient offensive teams, but the Zags don't usually do it with a lot of 3-point shooting.

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Down by 14 to Gonzaga, the Gamecocks came roaring back to take the lead with 7:06 remaining.

"I'm going to share this with you, but he said to me last night, 'Man, I feel like I'm letting everyone down, '" SC coach Frank Martin said.

Tony Stubblefield, a longtime assistant coach at OR, said parents getting to see their kids play always is important.

"There's definitely some great teams with one-and-dones and stuff like that", Jackson said. "Psychologically and physically, it was a challenge".

Samuelson was hurt when she was making a move toward the basket, and stepped on the foot of SC guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore. It was clear her ankle was not yet OK as she hobbled up and down the court and was subbed for immediately.

Two teammates came off the bench to carry Samuelson off the floor. The Zags said they believe their Sweet 16 win over West Virginia, when they committed just eight second half turnovers, prepared them for what awaits.

When they aren't physically denying shots, their paint presence has a psychological effect. Brewer played in four games this season, mainly because of injuries. Until the very end of the season, they weren't even sure they were going to make the tournament. Alanna Smith had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

FEELING GOOD: Thornwell, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, missed Thursday's practice when he wasn't feeling well.

That was the only assist for Harris, who finished with 10 points. He took over the program in 2012-13 and it went 13-17, needing just two years to make the NCAA tournament and are now 34-4 after Friday's win.